Garth Brooks opening newly expanded Ozarks amphitheater

Concert is Oct 1st

Garth Brooks is set to open the newly expanded Thunder Ridge Nature Arena at Bass Pro Shops Big Cedar Lodge in the Ozarks of Missouri. The concert will be October 1st at 7 pm in Ridgedale, MO.

The newly expanded Thunder Ridge Nature Arena is a natural amphitheater that overlooks Table Rock Lake and the Boston Mountains of Arkansas, allowing guests to embrace the beauty and grandeur of the great outdoors. Located on nearly 1,200 acres, the venue can host approximately 50,000 patrons, more than doubling the previous seating capacity without sacrificing the venue’s stunning nature-based charm.

The Thunder Ridge land has been set aside in a not-for-profit foundation, so all proceeds from events held at the Nature Arena will go to further enhance Thunder Ridge and support conservation. The vision for the future is to host other outdoor events by similar world-class entertainers.

“We are very honored to have Garth come and help open this great new venue, which we hope will be regarded as one of the most picturesque and impressive nature-based arenas anywhere,” states Johnny Morris, noted conservationist and founder of Bass Pro Shops and Big Cedar Lodge. “This will be a place for visitors of all ages to come and experience some of the best entertainers of our generation, in a truly awe-inspiring environment, surrounded by nature.”

Tickets will be on sale, Friday, August 26th at 10 am CT via Ticketmaster. There will be an eight ticket limit per purchase. Please note there will be no ticket sales at the venue box office on Friday, August 26th.

Tickets will cost $98.95, all inclusive.

Next month, Brooks wraps his three year stadium tour with five sold out shows in Dublin, Ireland. Four hundred thousand tickets sold out within four hours, marking a new milestone for the country star who hasn’t performed in the city in 25 years. Brooks last played Dublin in May 1997, three months before the Central Park show.

Since the tour began in March 2019, The Stadium Tour has broken at least two dozen attendance records and has sold an average of 95,000 tickets in each city. His largest single show so far on this trek is Baton Rouge with a sell out of 102,000 ticket sellout in two hours which registered as a small earthquake during “Callin’ Baton Rouge.”

The country superstar is prepping to release The Anthology, Part II: The Next Five Years on November 15th. Brooks picks up where he left off in The Anthology, Part I: The First Five Years in 2017, telling his story in his own words and offering fascinating insights to his career and personal life from 1996-2001. Completing the Anthology, Part II is a six disc set of musical highlights from albums released during that time — all of which will be heard in a new way after reading about the inspiration for the song and how the magic was created in the studio — plus two previously unreleased recordings — a studio recording of “Tearin’ It Up (And Burnin’ It Down)” and a duet version of “To Make You Feel My Love” with wife Trisha Yearwood.

Brooks is also expected to open his forthcoming Friends In Low Place entertainment complex at 411 Broadway in Nashville later this year. It was announced earlier this week that he is fitting the bill for a Nashville Metro police substation in the adjacent alley to the downtown complex.

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